Bell Media Partners with Hot Docs to Present the Festival’s 25th Year, beginning April 26

— April 19, 2018

It’s almost time for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the largest documentary festival, conference and market in North America beginning Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, May 6. Hot Docs Presenting Partner, Bell Media, returns for the Festival’s 25th annual edition, screening an outstanding selection of more than 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs also mounts a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum (May 1-2), Hot Docs Deal Maker (May 1-3), and the Doc Shop. THE FOURTH ESTATE, a new documentary series from SHOWTIME that examines the inner workings of The New York Times during President Trump’s first year, will have its international premiere at Hot Docs. THE FOURTH ESTATE will also stream on CraveTV on Sunday, May 27 at 8 p.m. ET, day-and-date with SHOWTIME in the US. Festival-goers can purchase tickets from Bell Media’s CraveTV Box Office at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. And with seemingly endless screening choices, a comprehensive Hot Docs film schedule and guide is available here. Currently, CraveTV offers a Hot Docs Collection, available year-round to subscribers. CraveTV’s Hot Docs Collection features past festival and Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema selections, films created through production fund recipients and by market program alumni. “Bell Media has been an outstanding partner and tremendous champion in our work to showcase and celebrate independent documentaries to Canadian audiences,” said Brett Hendrie, Executive Director, Hot Docs. “Whether it’s partnering on our mental health film series, streaming films in the Hot Docs Collection on CraveTV, or supporting Hot Docs’ touring programs in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Edmonton, Bell Media’s leadership has been vital to ensuring documentary film connects with a wider audience. We’re extremely grateful for their partnership and support.” Bell Media also worked with the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema this January to present the Mental Health Film series, which screened three documentaries; Manic, The S Word, and Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me, each exploring a topic concerning mental health and the stigma surrounding mental illness.

(L-R:) Manic, The S Word, and Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me



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